Former President George W. Bush speaks at Warren Easton Charter School in New Orleans on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former President George W. Bush on Friday heralded the progress New Orleans schools have made rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina battered the area 10 years ago and said with belief in success and a faith in God that the city would achieve even more. "The darkness from a decade ago has lifted, the crescent city has risen again, and its best days lie ahead," he said. The 43rd president and First Lady Laura Bush commemorated the tenth anniversary of the deadly storm by speaking at Warren Easton Charter School, where they praised the city's educators for bringing students back to the classroom following the hurricane. Floodwaters generated by the storm inundated the city of New Orleans in 2005, demolishing the school's cafeteria and gym and destroying more than 9,000 books in the school's library, Laura pointed out during her speech. The storm also killed more than 1,800 people and devastated the Gulf Coast. New Orleans is hosting a variety of events for the anniversary, both to remember the city's losses, and celebrate its recovery. = Bush praises resilience of New Orleans schools on Katrina anniversary Former President George W. Bush speaks at Warren Easton Charter School in New Orleans on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).